Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Russell County

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 8.58%.

Deaths: We regret we must report 3 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 210 deaths resulting in a 1.72% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 0.99% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.78% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 90 cases* in the hospital. This is 3 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 717 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.89% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 17) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 5.15%. The latest data shows that 89.1% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 31.3% of ventilator capicity is being utilized. (*This number is an estimation. Due to the high numbers, we only check with the hospitals on Fridays now. Therefore, the best time to see the most accurate hospital data will be in the Saturday News Brief.)

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 12,178 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 5.83% of our total population have been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 109 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 6; Clinton: 7; Cumberland: 1; Green: 5; McCreary: 8; Pulaski: 27; Russell: 14; Taylor: 12; and, Wayne: 26. In all, we have released 89% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 23 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 1124 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1336.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Businesses, Family, Long-term Care/Residential Facilities, and Schools. Of our active cases, 8% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 89 today: Adair: 3; Casey: 1; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 2; Green: 1; McCreary: -13; Pulaski: 49; Russell: 2; Taylor: 6; and, Wayne: 32. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.015. This means our total case count is projected to double every 48.11 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/17/2020 when we added 292 cases. Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 56-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 27-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 69-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 68-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 37-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 71-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 15-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Cumberland: A 70-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 24-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 53-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 1-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 84-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 1-year-old female who is released, 12/11/20;
Pulaski: A 28-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 38-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 46-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 28-year-old female who is released, 12/19/20;
Pulaski: A 70-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 41-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 7-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 4-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 28-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 73-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 68-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 15-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 4 Months-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 32-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 16-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 78-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 84-year-old female who is deceased, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 77-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 15-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 13-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 28-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 42-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 23-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 69-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 22-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, Lost to follow up;
Taylor: A 29-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 76-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, unknown;
Wayne: A 56-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Wayne: A 9-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 85-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Wayne: A 86-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 76-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Wayne: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Wayne: A 43-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 24-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 34-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 27-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 3-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

A close look at the numbers today will reveal that McCreary and Wayne are off by several each. This is because of correcting a clerical error where several Wayne cases were inadvertently assigned to McCreary.

The 3 deaths we report are: a 63-year-old male from Pulaski who had been hospitalized; an 84-year-old female from Pulaski who had been hospitalized; and an 89-year-old female long-term care resident from Pulaski who had been hospitalized.

On a positive note, we had fewer new cases last week than the week before, and we are starting this week reporting fewer cases today than last Sunday. Let’s hope and pray we are not only plateaued but seeing a lowering of new cases.

Please, let’s all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding the touching of our faces.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 12,178 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 242,986 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 242,321 statewide plus 665 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders. We are also working with any community partner that requests assistance for prevention or post-exposure planning/response. Finally, we are working with all community partners regarding vaccination planning.

 

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